Venice to Ancona
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June 21st, 2010 – by: coles
We wandered past the train station and towards the Cannaregio area. Visit Church St. Geremia e Lucia or St. Lucy's Church the patron saint of the blind and protector of eyesight. We moved deeper and deeper into the residential areas and getting lost by crossing and recrossing canals.
For lunch we found one of the culinary highlights of the trip. We stumbled onto a neighborhood eatery, no doubt about that as it was filled with locals. A nice lady found us a table and was patient as we tried to order an mangled the Italian pronunciation of the menu items. Five stars for 2679, Cannaregio, Venezia, VE 30121
"If I'm lucky enough to come back to Venice I'll be sure to visit Al Mariner again.
It was everything a guidebook to Venice tells you to look for when trying to eat well in Venice away from the restaurants mostly catering to tourists in the expensive and popular areas.
When we walked in the place was full of locals having lunch but it is tourist friendly. Great selection on the menu and everyone in the family was happy with the food."
After lunch it was time to return to the hotel and pick up our bags. Fortunately our passes were still valid for the vaporetto ride. It ran out before we could catch the bus but bus tickets to Mestre were only 1.40.
The train ride was supposed to take a little over four hours (direct via Bologna) but we ended up being a half hour late. We tried calling Gio to warn him we would be late with no luck. Gio is a friend of mine I met through the The Blitz game club and we both have a passion for the old but good Campaign Series, a World War II simulation game.
Gio drove us to take a quick look at the view from the Duomo San Ciriaco and the boys getting out and running around instead of enjoying the view disturbed on couple trying to get some privacy. Next stop was for dinner at the nice Osteria Yasmine. Good pizza here. The bad review in Italian at the link complains about ruining a historical building with a low cost canteen but does say the pizza is "discreet, service good, and prices reasonable". After dinner my first introduction to grappa, the grape based brandy used as a digestive drink.
Many of the buildings in this area are the results of years of building, fires and disasters and rebuilding in a different style or filling in doorways and windows, adding and removing columns and facades.
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